Jul 23, 2024  
2020-21 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 NSU Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program

The Accelerated Baccalaureate/Master’s degree pathway (ADP) allows high performing Northeastern State University undergraduate students an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the baccalaureate and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace. Undergraduate students accepted for the ADP may apply up to 12 graduate (5000 level) credit hours towards the completion of both the baccalaureate and master’s degree requirements. 

Current Accelerated Degree Programs:

B.A. Communication Studies   to M.A. Communication Arts

B.B.A. Accounting  to M.S. Accounting and Financial Analysis

B.B.A. Business Administration: Business Analytics    to M.B.A. Business Administration: Business Analytics

B.B.A. Health Organizations Admin: Health Informatics    to M.B.A. Business Admin: Health Informatics 

B.B.A. Health Organizations Admin: Healthcare Admin   to M.B.A. Business Admin: Healthcare Admin

B.S. Chemistry: Professional   to M.S. Natural Science

B.S. Chemistry: Biochemistry  to M.S. Natural Science

B.S. Criminal Justice  to M.S. Criminal Justice

B.S. Environmental, Health and Safety Management   to M.B.A. Business Administration: EHSM

B.S. Health and Human Performance: Recreation/Fitness  to M.S. Health and Sport Science: Sport Administration/Management

B.S.Ed. Health and Physical Education  to M.S. Health and Sport Science: Health Education

B.S.Ed. Special Education Mild/Moderate   to M.Ed. Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders

ADP Eligibility:

1.  Completed Accelerated Degree Program application.

2.  Minimum of seventy-two (72) undergraduate credit hours with a minimum of twelve (12) hours completed in a major field of study, including credits earned from advanced placement and prior learning assessment.

3.  Transfer students must have completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours at Northeastern State University.

4.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA, and a minimum 3.25 major GPA.

5.  Completed Graduate Admission application. Students will be admitted provisionally.  Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, students will be eligible for full admission to the graduate college.

6.  Unless otherwise specified by the graduate program, successfully complete the required entrance exam within the first twelve (12) graduate credit hours, including hours taken as an undergraduate student. 

7.  Additional program eligibility requirements (ie; GRE or GMAT scores). If there are none, the standard requirements for graduate admission will be followed.

Conditions and Limitations of Participation in the ADP:

1.  In all graduate level coursework, students will be engaged, assessed, and graded as a graduate student.  However, students will remain classified as an undergraduate student.

2.  Once admitted to the accelerated degree program, students retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships and financial aid.  The aid may be applied toward graduate level coursework credited toward completion of the undergraduate degree.

3.  For tuition purposes, ADP students will be assessed the undergraduate tuition rate for undergraduate courses, and the graduate tuition rate for graduate courses.

4.  Prior to completing the bachelor’s degree, the GPA will be monitored by the undergraduate college.  A minimum grade of C is required on all 5000 level courses counting toward the undergraduate degree.  If either the overall undergraduate GPA or overall graduate GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be removed from the accelerated degree program.  Readmission to the accelerated degree program will not be permitted.

5.  When all undergraduate degree requirements are met and the bachelor’s degree is posted, students in the accelerated degree program will be eligible for full graduate status and graduate funding (graduate assistantships, scholarships, graduate financial aid).

6.  Once fully admitted to the Graduate College, the GPA will be monitored by the Graduate College.  If the overall graduate GPA falls below a 3.0, students will be placed on academic probation. 

7.  A student who does not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to participate in the accelerated degree program.

8.  A student may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree program.  Contact the Graduate College for specific requirements.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to a student becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP, or withdrawing from the ADP, apply toward the baccalaureate degree only.